gradireland summer fair 2021

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gradireland Summer Fair: Seminars

Seminar Room 1

11:10 to 11:40
Transferable skills - finding your best strategy to career path success
Presented by: Marie Kielty
The session focuses on defining transferable skills, the importance of transferable skills in the changing job market, ways to learn and develop the skills, and how to showcase your transferable skills.

Marie Kielty, Career Coach, TU Dublin, Tallaght

Marie has been the Careers Coach in TU Dublin, Tallaght for over 15 years providing both undergraduate and postgraduate advice and support to students from a broad range of disciplines. She previously worked in a similar role for over 8 years in another college. Marie brings a significant wealth of experience having been working directly with students in the higher education sector for all of this time. As an undergraduate she studied Psychology in NUI Galway and then completed a postgraduate in Business (HR) in Smurfit Business School. Marie has also completed qualifications in Emotional Intelligence and Levels A & B Psychometric Testing and is MCIPD qualified. Event:

11:50 to 12:20
Stand out from the crowd - create a CV with impact
Presented by: Judy Murphy
How can you make sure that your CV makes an impact and stands out from the crowd? Your CV should highlight your skills and experience to show you are a perfect fit for the job. Since there are numerous ways to format and present your CV, come along to our presentation to find out the best ones to use as well as other great hints, tips and practical advice.

Judy Murphy MSc, MCIPD, FIITD, Career Consultant, IT Carlow

Judy Murphy is a Career Consultant and Master Coach and is an experienced award-winning Careers Advisor.   Judy has extensive experience working as a Corporate Graduate Recruiter, Management & Graduate Development and Communications specialist. She will share key insights to help you develop your employability Skills for Success.  Her experience and track record speaks for itself. 

12:30 to 13:00
Optum Technology Development Programme Overview
Presented by: Charlotte Madden
This session will provide an overview of the Optum Technology Development Intern and Graduate Programmes.

Charlotte Madden, Senior Project Manager, Optum

Charlotte Madden is responsible for end to end management of and support for IT summer Interns and recent college graduates across both Optum sites in Ireland.

13:10 to 13:40
How to highlight your skills and experience in an interview
Presented by: Panel

Your skills and experience differentiate you from other applicants, so it is important you highlight these in order to stand out. In this session find out how best to talk about yourself, your skills and your experience in an interview. Learn how to demonstrate you’re the best fit for the role.

Karina Septore, Careers Advisor, National College of Ireland

Karina holds a degree in Human Resources Management, PgCert in Leadership and Career Development, Award in Coaching and Consulting and completing Masters in Career Guidance. Previously, she has worked in various higher education institutions, such as Coventry University (UK), Dublin Institute of Technology and Trinity College Dublin, as well as led some not-for-profit projects aiming to provide training and experience for international students in the UK.

Adrian McCarthy, Programme Manager and Senior Recruiter, For Purpose

Peter Barry, Talent Acquisition Manager, CMS Distribution


13:50 to 14:20
What can I do with my arts degree?
Presented by: Panel
You might think there are few career sectors that you can enter with an Arts degree, but that isn’t the case. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts there are many roles and careers you can pursue. In this session hear from a panel of career advisors and employers, on what sectors you can work in and how to make the most of your arts degree.

Deborah Seddon, Careers Officer, IT Sligo

Careers Officer at the Institute of Technology Sligo, supporting and enabling all cohorts to make and implement career decisions. Over twenty years in guidance roles in the UK and Ireland.  Eight years as a Careers Adviser in schools, sixth form and further education colleges in the UK.  Fourteen years as a Careers Officer in higher education at IT Sligo

Adette Ring, Careers Officer, IT Sligo

Claire Murphy, Career Development Adviser, College of Arts in NUI Galway

13:50 to 14:20
Graduate and researcher jobs in Ireland and Europe - EURAXESS
Presented by: Dr Magdalena Wislocka

EURAXESS Ireland can assist researchers at various stage of their careers with a tailored and free advice related to living in Ireland jobs and funding opportunities.

If you are a non-EU graduate or researchers in Ireland, EURAXESS Ireland can help you to understand how visa, work permit system works in Ireland. How to qualify for the fast track work permit scheme (Hosting Agreement) for scientific researchers in Ireland, and what are the benefits of this scheme to you and your family members in Ireland.

Dr Magdalena Wislocka, Head of EURAXESS

14:30 to 15:00
The importance of employability skills
Presented by: Dr Susan Lyons
Our panel will share with you their hints and tips on how to highlight your employability skills on the job and in an interview. These soft skills are incredibly sought after by graduates and it is important to show recruiters what you are capable of. We'll also discuss how you can keep your skills relevant so you can highlight them to potential employers in the future as well as right now.

Dr Susan Lyons BComm Work Placement Manager, Career Services, UCC

Susan has worked with the BComm Work Placement programme in UCC since 2018, responsible for preparing and placing 3rd year BComm students in industry as part of the accreditation to their degree. Prior to joining the Career Services in UCC, Susan worked as an archaeological contractor for 20 years, running her own archaeological business for 10 years, responsible for delivering on large infrastructural archaeological projects. She had a diverse client portfolio which included public, private and semi-state organisations and contributed to a number of teaching/training seminars, publications, conferences and public engagements at national and international level. In 2013 Susan returned to undertake a PhD in the Dept of Archaeology in UCC, where she analysed one of the largest archaeological datasets within a research framework, producing new archaeological methods for use in the commercial industry.

15:10 to 15:40
CV advice, job hunting and networking: Practical steps to securing that interview
Presented by: Sinéad English

In this session find out how to secure a job interview and reach your potential. We will give you tips for your CV and let you know how to job hunt effectively in this competitive market.

Find out how you can best build your network to take advantage of potential opportunities.

Sinéad English, Founder, Hilt Careers

Sinéad English is a Careers Consultant and founder of career management firm – Hilt. Hilt works with clients across Europe advising on all aspects of the career management process, from career planning and effective networking, to writing CVs and interview preparation. Sinead and the Hilt team have worked with clients across a broad spectrum of industries, experience and seniority engaging in one-to-one training sessions and delivering group career management workshops. Hilt also works with organisations to deliver interviewer and management training to ensure the organisation is making effective hiring decisions. Sinead’s best-selling book – CV and Interview 101 – How to Apply and Interview for Jobs was published in 2019.

15:50 to 16:20
How to Make Successful Career Decisions
Presented by: Siobhán Murphy and Elaine Daly

There can be a lot of uncertainty when it comes to making career decisions, often leading to a sense of overwhelm or feeling stuck. This session will help you to break down the process of career decision-making and empower you to take steps towards positive career choices. We will discuss how through reflecting on where you are now and where you want to be, you can make confident career decisions.

Elaine Daly, Careers Consultant, DCU Careers Service

As a qualified and experienced Careers Consultant and certified Strengths Based Practitioner, Elaine is passionate about individuals identifying their strengths and pursuing fulfilling careers whether they are in their early career or pursuing a career transition. Elaine holds an MSc in Human Resource Management from TU Dublin, a Postgraduate Certificate in Career Development & Coaching Studies from the University of Warwick, and a Bachelor of Social Science degree from UCC.

Siobhán Murphy, Careers Consultant, DCU Careers Service

Siobhán is a qualified Guidance Counsellor who is passionate about equitable careers education and lifelong learning. She is also a Strengths and Mindfulness based certified Practitioner.

Siobhán holds an MSc in Guidance Counselling (DCU), Graduate Diploma in Education (DCU), a Certificate in Training & Development (TUD) as well as a Degree in Business Studies from the Open University and a Higher National Diploma in Hotel & Catering Management (University of Birmingham).

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